The concept of body art, particularly sexy tattoos, has undergone an incredible transformation in the last twenty years.
A Short History of Sexy Tattoos
Who would ever think that injecting ink into the dermis of the skin in order to change the pigment would ever be considered sexy? But tattooing has been practiced for centuries in all corners of the globe including Brighton and Hove. Indeed, tattooing has been practiced by Eurasians since the Neolithic times (for those not into history, that is about 9,500 BC as we measure time).
Tattooing has been used for everything from clan identification to serving as a brand for ownership to serving as sexual lures (thought to enhance a man or woman’s sexual potency) throughout the millennia, and while in some tribes and clans a tattoo may have been used as a symbol of availability or fertility, tattoos being considered as ‘sexy’ in and of themselves is a relatively new concept, and one that came about just within the last fifty years or so, especially in North and South America, Japan and Europe.
Part of this switch to seeing tattoos as sexy has to do with the change in the process behind the tattoos themselves. What was once a painful and sometimes traumatic experience is now relatively painless (comparatively) with much less of a chance of injury and/or disfigurement, meaning that getting a tattoo is no longer seen as a mark of bravery, and can be done by anyone who is willing to put up with the fine-pointed (and sterilized!) needles that are now used to create the tattoos.
Another aspect of the switch in the view of tattoos also has to do with the improvements in technique. Today you have real artists who work together with computer technology to produce beautiful imagery that is a far cry from the rough and ready tattoos that were popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The end result is that tattoos are now just as likely to be gotten by women as they are by men, and the strategic placement of a tattoo, as well as the choice of tattoo subject, is now considered to be a definite sexual lure, especially when it is created on an attractive body.
What Makes a Tattoo Sexy?
One of the things that makes a tattoo truly sexy is where the tattoo is placed on the body. While the upper arm is a traditional place for a tattoo, a tattoo that ‘peeks’ out from clothing (say on a shoulder blade or thigh) is considered to be sexier than one that is put in plain sight. But of course it is the choice of tattoo that truly determines the ‘sexiness’ of the tattoo.
Take Tweety Bird for example. No matter how much of a die-hard fan you are of cartoons, a Tweety bird tattoo simply does not say “sexy”, even if it were stenciled on the sexiest part of the anatomy. A dove now, especially if placed say on a shoulder blade, might very well be a turn on for some people, where a bird of paradise spreading its feathers on the small of the back is another story altogether.
In short, it takes a combination of tattoo subject choice and tattoo location to make a tattoo sexy, but regardless of what you ultimately choose, know that you are joining a long and glorious tradition, and is definitely not a choice to be taken lightly. So check out this tattoo studio in Brighton.
Eve and Katja are both fully qualified and trained tattooists in Brighton. Their welcoming and helpful personalities along with their professional approach to their work, has encouraged hundreds of people to visit them at ‘Velvet Tattoo’.
Every tattoo carried out is to a very high standard. All needles and equipment used for every tattoo is sterilised and the studio rooms are scrubbed clean daily. The studio is Local Authority Registered in Brighton and Hove.
First timers will almost always be nervous, at ‘Velvet Tattoo’ Eve and the rest of the staff will try their hardest to make you feel at ease, they all know what it’s like to be tattooed, they understand you’ll be apprehensive and won’t rush you.
All the staff take pride in the care of their customers, you can guarantee you’ll be in safe hands at ‘Velvet Tattoo’
Sarah Gregory has had a creative career spanning thirty years and has worked as a singer, designer, fine artist, make-up artist and tattooist.
Sarah finds inspiration from, Gil Elvren, Helmut Newton, Allen Jones and John Willie amongst others. She counts Boy George as her tattoo client as well as being his make-up artist for 15 years, along with a number of high profile personalities in the entertainment industry.
Sarah works mostly in greyscale and her drawings have a soft quality to them reminiscent of old style illustration.